Thanks for reading and commenting, Leslie! :)
I agree that it is very much a damned if you do/don’t situation, and I also have lost interest in a couple of artists because of things they said. I do think it helps when celebrities take the Natalie Portman approach — she campaigned for Obama and has long been politically active, but she almost never attacks people on the right. She instead focuses her energy on promoting the ideas she believes in and supports, and I think that kind of positivity has shielded her from the backlash that other left-wing celebs have had to deal with.
Right-wing celebs do have it harder, IMO. I don’t think conservatives are wrong when they talk about an anti-conservative bias in Hollywood. But if you’re an established star, it seems that you can get away with more, like Clint Eastwood has.
Either way, I think one thing that every celeb should do is take a public relations class or something similar before they start getting political. A lot of these controversies seem to have less to do with what celebrities say than *how* they say it. But that’s just my take on it.
Anyways, thanks again for commenting, and enjoy the holiday weekend!